August 6, 2017

“Diamond jigging on these bluefish can drive you bananas this year,” reports Capt. Matt of the Black Hawk. One tide it’s red hot with customers loading up, non-stop action, with quite a few bass mixed in and then the next tide it’s almost non-existent. Fortunately, when they refuse to bite, the action on the sea bass makes the trip. A good example: On the Saturday morning trip, it was all you wanted on the blues, with some bass mixed in. On Saturday afternoon, lock-jaw, but switching over to the bottom filled coolers with limits of jumbo sea bass. How do you figure??

The bottom fishing still remains excellent in the Montauk area. Customers are having no problem with limits on both jumbo sea bass, most pushing the 5 lb plus range and mean-monster porgies. A few incidental fluke round out the daily catches. Been a lot of shark activity lately, mixed in on the sea bass grounds. Capt. Greg saw a small mako; 60-80 lbs chasing bait, and Capt. Matt had a thresher thrashing around on the surface. A lot of bait around, including a large quantity of mackerel. We’re even caught quite a few on bare hooks coming up. Speaking of sharks, a sincere congratulation goes out to my long time friend Capt. Chuck of the charter boat Joy-Sea of Montauk. The caught 7- that’s right- 7 Threshers in the Mako-Mania Tournament at Montauk with the one they kept weighing a whopping 581 lbs. Big Money Fish! Contrats Chuckie!!

Heather from the office reports that Saturday evening turned into a beautiful night for our annual sunset cruise fundraiser for the WARM Center in Westerly. A full boat of customers, delicious food, beautiful sunset- we couldn’t have asked for a better night. We’re planning another fundraiser for August 19, this one for a very special young man from Ledyard. Marik is 15 and is fighting cancer for the 3rd time. Join us for a beautiful sunset cruise and help raise funds for Marik and his family. For more information, please see our website and Facebook page. We hope you can join us for a great cause!

We continue to fish daily. Monday through Friday it’s one trip daily at 7am for bottom fishing, Saturdays and Sundays have our two half-day trips for bass and blues. This schedule will continue through August. We have a few dates open at the end of August for private charters, so contact Heather soon to get your group on board. As always, visit our website or check our Facebook page for updates and more info. We look forward to seeing you soon!

July 30, 2017

Capt. Greg from the Black Hawk reports that the big news this past week was the annual Channel 3 Kid’s Camp Fishing Trip. Over forty kids plus chaperones experienced a great afternoon of bottom fishing. Most of these youngsters have never been on a boat before, so to catch a pile of sea bass and porgies was a real treat. Being only a four-hour trip, we had to stay local, but plenty of fish were caught. A simple dogfish, caught at the end of the trip, was the hit of the day. You’d think it was a 17-foot man-eater with the screaming and scampering around the deck with everyone taking photos. We all take for granted this wonderful shoreline area we are so fortunate to grow up in and the rewarding fishing occupation we have. It takes a few laughing kids to put everything into perspective. Thank you, Channel 3, for this opportunity.

Seabass and porgy fishing still remains excellent. We had a week of great weather and the Montauk area is still the hot place to be. We would like to point out that the quality and sizes of the fish cannot be compared to anywhere else. Porgies are monsters; 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. are the norm for every customer’s coolers. The sea bass pushes the 5 lb mark plus and above. Both these species are grown adults; they get up on the wrong side of the bed every day with an attitude, are mean and hungry. Simply put…..it’s great fishing!! Bring your cooler, with a load of ice and we’ll help you fill it.

On the bluefish and bass scene, our 4 pm to 10 pm After Work Specials has seen great action. Diamond jigging is very good on the blues with a good mix of keeper bass too. Nothing huge like the night trips, but decent fish to 24 lbs. These trips are by reservation only and limited to only 28 customers, so be sure to call and reserve your spot.

On Saturday of this past weekend, we had a stiff northeast gale to contend with and fish production was definitely affected. You had to work for ’em; a few jumbo sea bass were climbing on the jigs besides. As of this writing, Sunday morning, the winds dropped out and Captain Matt reports the blues are chewing on the jigs. For daily reports, pictures, and live videos, stay tuned to our Facebook page, Twitter, and our website.

Heather from the office reports that we continue to sail 7 days a week, Monday through Friday at 7am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 6am and 1pm. We have currently booking for August charter dates, and they’re filling fast, so be sure to contact our office to get your date reserved. As always, check our website, follow us on Facebook, or give the office a call for up to date info on trips, fishing reports, and more. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

July 23, 2017

Heather from the Black Hawk office reports diamond jigging for bluefish has certainly seen its ups and downs this week. Most mid-week afternoon trips have been very good with all you wanted and a good mix of striped bass. Come the weekend, it was a different story. Tides were screaming in the Race and fish were at a premium. They almost seem to know when the weekends are coming. We’re all hoping for more consistent fishing when the tides slow down this week.

Seabass and porgies on the other hand remain nothing short of excellent. Great weather all week, full coolers of great eating fish and arm weary anglers. The only time they slowed down was during the peak of the hard running tides and that only lasted for a very short time period. In addition, a few fluke were also added to the mix. We had only one night bass trip this week and fish were a lot smaller in size then what we’ve been consistently catching the last four weeks. The pool fish was 25 lbs, still worth a hefty $360 in the pool!! More night trips to come, so check out our website for a schedule.

We continue to sail 7 days a week, Monday through Friday at 7am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 6am and 1pm.  Don’t forget, this Tuesday, July 25th we have a special morning half day trip so we can be in for the Channel 3 Kids Camp Fishing Tournament in the afternoon.  We’re looking forward to a great day fishing with the kids!  We have currently booking for August charter dates, and they’re filling fast, so be sure to contact our office to get your date reserved.  As always, check our website, follow us on Facebook, or give the office a call for up to date info on trips, fishing reports, and more.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!